It appears that the many efforts to highlight the dangers of childhood obesity are paying off. According to scientists from the CDC, no significant change in BMI was reported for this population between 2003–2004 and 2005–2006. What’s more, despite previous reports of increases, study authors also found no significant trend toward greater prevalence of high BMI between 1999 and 2006.
Using brain imaging and chocolate milkshakes, scientists have found that women with weakened “reward circuitry” in their brains are at increased risk of weight gain over time and potential obesity. The risk increases even more for women who also have a gene associated with compromised dopamine signaling in the brain.
A significant selling point for getting people to move more is the possibility of reducing heart disease. But inspiring sedentary overweight or obese women to fitness may become more difficult, owing to a recent headline-making study published in the April 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, (2008; 168 , 884–90).
Turmeric, an Asian spice found in many curries, has a long history of use in reducing inflammation, healing wounds and relieving pain, but can it prevent diabetes? Since inflammation plays a big role in many diseases and is believed to be involved in the onset of both obesity and type 2 diabetes, researchers were curious what effect the herb might have on diabetic mice.
A new study sheds light on why many adolescent girls are gaining weight. A decline in activity in the transition from childhood to adulthood could be responsible, according to a study published in the July 23 issue of The Lancet (2005; 366 , 301–7).
In collaboration with others, Sue Y.S. Kimm, MD, from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, looked at activity ...
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